Lærke Mygind Grønfeldt

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My work involves investigating why some children thrive and why some don’t, however, more importantly how to best ensure that every child has an opportunity to thrive. This is how I described my work to my five-year old nephew when he asked what my job is really all about. The description is of course a colossal simplification, however the main gist, and my passion, remains; to develop, investigate, and implement good (that is, efficient, feasible, and sustainable) approaches to reducing social inequality in health and thereby provide more children (and subsequently adults) with opportunities to thrive and fulfil their potential. In this endeavor, I have had a special focus on, and am also researching currently, nature and green space which provide a core component of the human exposome and is increasingly acknowledged as a critical social determinant of health and wellbeing.

I am a sociologist, a graduate from the University of Copenhagen, and have been working with health promotion and prevention research since 2012 when I was employed as a student assistant at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen. Presently, I am involved with an evidence mapping of interventions and research oriented towards primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity. Furthermore, I am a joint PhD Fellow at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Copenhagen. As part of my PhD, I am investigating how green space, as a modifiable and relatively cheap population approach to health promotion and prevention, associates with preschool-aged children’s socioemotional development.

Selected publications

Bentsen, P., Nielsen, G., Bølling, M., Mygind, L., Stevenson, M.P., Mygind, E. (2019) Greening Education in Physical Activity in Natural Settings: Green and Blue Exercise, ed. Donnelly & MacIntyre, doi: 10.4324/9781315180144-14

Mygind, L., Kjeldsted, E., Hartmeyer, R., Mygind, E., Stevenson, M.P., Quintana, D.S., Bentsen, P. (2019) Effects of public green space on psychophysiological stress markers: a systematic review and meta-analysis of the experimental evidence. Environment and Behavior, doi: 10.1177/0013916519873376

Mygind, L., Kjeldsted, E., Hartmeyer, R., Bølling, M., Mygind, E., Bentsen, P. (2019) Mental, physical and social health benefits of immersive nature-experience for children and adolescents: A systematic review and quality assessment of the evidence. Health and Place, 58: 102136. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.05.014

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